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A detail of the Missorium of Aspar. Over Aspar and his son Ardabur, there are two imagines clipeatae depicting Ardabur the Elder (left) and Plinta.

Ardabur or Ardaburius (Greek: Ἀρδαβούριος) served as magister militum in the East Roman army in the 420s, under Theodosius II.[1] He was of Alanic origin.[2]

During the Roman-Persian War of 421–422, he ravaged Arzanene and besieged Nisibis.[1] After the war ended, Ardabur was promoted to the rank of magister militum praesentalis.[1]

In 424, Ardabur and his son Aspar were sent on a campaign to Italy to overthrow the usurper Joannes.[1][3] Ardabur was captured but his son managed to save him.[1]

After his return to Constantinople, he was made consul for the year 427.[1]

Ardabur should be distinguished from his grandson of the same name, who was consul twenty years later.[1][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Haarer 2018, p. 122.
  2. ^ Lee 2018, p. 122.
  3. ^ a b Croke 2018, p. 166.

SourcesEdit

  • Lee, Doug (2018). "Ardabur". In Nicholson, Oliver (ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866277-8.
  • Croke, Brian (2018). "Aspar". In Nicholson, Oliver (ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866277-8.
  • Haarer, Fiona (2018). "Ardabur". In Nicholson, Oliver (ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866277-8.
Preceded by
Theodosius II and Valentinian III
Consul of the Roman Empire with Flavius Hierius
427
Succeeded by
Flavius Felix and Flavius Taurus